Ion B and Ansh J Portfolio

Our tasks included the following:

  • Create 4 eDocs
  • Make a step by step tutorial on how to make a blog post on the website
  • Re-design the guidance section

The 4 eDocs were not an issue, but they had to be redone after we handed them in because the teacher was send a new version right as we finished.

Then, we made a tutorial on how to create a blog post.

You can see the Google Doc Here

Next, we also used WordPress to re-create the Guidance page of the website. With the teacher’s approval, it will look like this:

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The placement work has been pretty interesting and engaging so fun, and we look forward to continue doing it.

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Demo Slam – CamScanner

By : Dhruv and Andrew N.

CamScanner is a free scanning app that lets you scan papers using your phone. You can also optimize these pictures for easy reading.

In order to use this app, simply take a picture of the desired document, then you will be directed to a post-processing page.

In this page, the user has the opportunity to edit the picture to optimize it for the intended purpose. Although the camera is pretty good at processing pictures for you, this added functionality proves to be useful when scanning colored papers and documents with small text.

And lastly, the app allows users to then share their scanned documents through most of the popular social networks including Facebook Messenger, text messages, and email. You can also save the scanned picture for later use. As a backup, all scanned documents are stored on the CamScanner app, and are conveniently organized for the next time the user uses the app.

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Demo Slam—–Hundred words killer

by—- Sijie zhao(Rita)

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Which is an application that helps students memorize words.

For example, IELTS (international English language testing system), TOEFL (test of English as a foreign language) and SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) these exams results can be used to apply the universities. And there are also lots of other kinds of vocabulary lists that you can choose. So in order to get the standard results or good marks for the exams, having a huge vocabulary is really important for international students

  • You can also download the data to keep your record without Wi-Fi.
  • There are lots of different ways to help you memorize such as doing a dictation, choose the correct meaning or pictures for the words.
  • You can also add your friends and see their activities everyday, having a match with your friends about remembering words can be a huge power to inspire your learning.



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Technology Tool: Remind


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Remind is a service that enables teachers to communicate with students and parents via text, without having to share phone numbers. It allows teachers to send notifications to the entire class regarding upcoming assignment deadlines, test dates, field trip forms, homework tips, etc.

Forgot that the forms have to be collected by Monday? Let your students know over the weekend. All it takes is a simple text. The instantaneous nature of remind notifications is convenient in many ways, from informing students about last-minute classroom changes, to locating a missing student during a field trip.

Ultimately, remind removes the communication barrier between educators and students. Due to the nature of remind, this service has a wide variety of applications for teachers, students, and parents alike. In an era where information and communication technology is becoming increasing relevant to our lives, remind bridges the gap between technology and education.



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Demo Slam – PhotoMath

By: Nervil Anor


     Photomath is a free app which utilizes the phone’s camera to read and analyze mathematical equations. It makes math simple and easy by showing step by step on how to solve math problems.


Learn how to solve captured problems through a step by step guide given by the application. You can also enter math problems using an simple and intuitive math keyboard. Results will instantly appear on-screen as you type also making Photomath a great calculator replacement.

Photomath provides:
• Lightning-fast camera calculator
• Powerful math keyboard
• Step-by-step solution

Photomath supports:
• Arithmetics
• Fractions
• Decimal numbers
• Linear equations
• Equation systems
• Several functions like logarithms

More complex problems such as integrals, trigonometry and derivatives are also supported but currently work without detailed solving steps.

Try It Out!

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Demo Slam – Duolingo


By Helena Cai and Hanna Wang


image02Duolingo is a free platform to learn language that includes a website and application by a variety of speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges.



image09First step: Choose the language you want to learn based on your first language. The language in the bracket is your first language and the one before the bracket is what you try to learn.







image04Second Step:
Duolingo will provide some basic words for the beginners to get familiar with the language. If you learn a little bit of the language, you can choose to skip the basics by doing a test on it.









Third step: When you finish learning the lessons, you can choose to take a test to solidify your memory. The test includes mutiple choices, traslation, listening and writing. If you want to consolidate several days later, you can test again.     


Duolingo is fun, easy and addictive tool. The lessons are effective, and it has been scientifically proven.


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Demo Slam: Evernote Web Clipping Feature

By: Emilie + Jess

To use Evernote, simply create a (free) account with an existing email address and you are ready to use all of its features!

You can create notebooks and within those notebooks, add notes, web pages, extensions, images and screenshots. We will focus on the Web Clipping feature; you can take screenshots of web pages, annotate them and add them into a notebook.


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Technology Tools Implementation Idea: Desmos

Subject Area: Mathematics

Course: Calculus and Vectors

Topic: Many Topics

Task: Curve Sketching

Technology Tool: Desmos


One of the fundamental skills that students are expected to develop in the study of calculus is the ability to sketch any given function. More specifically, students are expected to be able to determine the behavior of a function at various key points, through function analysis and differentiation. Curve sketching is a large part of the course, and often times, students find themselves clueless as to whether or not the curve they have sketched is even remotely accurate. This is particularly true when the function involves logarithms, long polynomials, and fractions. Often times, students check their work by plugging in certain values into their calculator, replacing ‘x’ in the function with random values.

Suggested Use of Technology Tool

It is recommended that Desmos is only used after students have already tried their best to sketch a function. There is no need to worry about typing complicated functions, as you can simply type in ‘sin’, ‘arctan’, ‘e’, ‘x^3’, ‘d/dx’, ‘log’, or ‘sqrt’. Don’t have a laptop with you in class? There’s an app for your phone!

Sketching related functions (ex: revenue and cost): Desmos allows you to graph many functions as a time. The functions are color coded, making it very easy to see the point of intersection between two function. In addition, students can define a function in terms of other functions, a very useful feature in calculus.

Checking your steps: When finding the max/min/inflection points of a graph (as required during curve sketching), students must find the function’s first and second derivatives. Desmos can graph not only the function written in the textbook, but the derivative of the function as well! Just type (d/dx) before the name of the function. In the event that a student realizes that his final curve does not look right, he or she can go back and check the accuracy of the first/second derivatives.

Checking your key points: Desmos also provides the coordinates of a function’s key points (max/min, inflection, roots). They are labelled as dots on the graph, which you can press to reveal coordinates.

Why and how would this technology tool improve student learning?

The benefit of being able graph functions on Desmos extends far beyond the fact that it can save lots of time when doing calculus homework. When students check with their calculators, they often only check points that they consider essential to the function. For instance, a student may notice that (2, 30) is a max point on the graph, and check that setting x to 2 will result in 30. However, he or she may not realize that another max exists in the function. Perhaps (2, 30) is a point on the function, but not a max! Thus, Desmos not only saves time, but provides 100% accuracy (given that the function is inputted correctly).

There is no doubt that Desmos is a very useful tool for calculus students who are perfecting the art of curve sketching! It will improve their confidence (and mark!) on quizzes, tests, and exams!

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Demo Slam – Messenger


By: Ansh Juneja and Ion Buzdugan


To start using messenger, visit and log in using your Facebook ID. Now you can start messaging your Facebook friends distraction-free!

Messenger allows you to send personal messages instantly, create group chats, send messages, GIFs, videos, stickers, and even record your voice.

Check out this video which demonstrates this great technology tool!

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Technology Tools Implementation Idea: Evernote

Subject Area: Science

Course: Biology 11

Topic: Multiple Topics

Task: Test/Exam Review

Technology Tool: Evernote


There is a huge amount of content which needs to memorized in biology, and all this information must be properly consolidated before a test or examination. This information is presented in various forms; online powerpoints, the textbook, the workbook, and other handouts. All this needs to be brought together in one medium to connect the pieces and study without constantly switching tabs or flipping papers.

Suggested Use of Technology Tool

Evernote provides a clean and safe way to take notes in separate “notebooks”, yet still be quickly accessible through its navigation menus and search bar. Images and diagrams from powerpoints can be copied in alongside the text in the notes. This allows students to pull all the important information they need from different sources and have it all in one place.

Why and how would this technology tool improve student learning?

This tool allows students to apply interleaving by combining the information from different topics/units into one place. It helps form connections between various biological processes and definitions, and generally creates a better understanding of the material, rather than having to memorize individual pieces of information. The process of making these personalized notes also includes the process of elaboration, as you are choosing and re-phrasing various bits of information to include, consolidating those memories as well as creating more retrieval cues for those concepts.

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